Citizens’ assemblies chosen by sortition, completely match James Surowiecki’s criteria for good large group decision-making. They focus on legislation, rather than re-election.
Citizens’ assemblies represent a revolution by conversation, reducing the influence of partisan politics and increasing the opportunity for the citizenry to deal with society’s challenges.
by Ted Wachtel Disparity in CEO Compensation Disparity in wealth is evident not only when comparing ordinary people with the billionaire founders and owners of large corporations, but also with the managers of those corporations. The Economic Policy Institute, in a recent research report, revealed that CEO compensation has grown 940% since 1978, while typical […]
By Kerra L. Bolton Americans are addicted to the idea of voting. Voting represents ownership of the public policy and lawmaking processes. It denotes exclusive (citizen) membership in the American experiment of democracy. African Americans and women have died for the right to vote. Recently, however, voting has become performative. We like to be seen […]
by David Heekin My old friend Ted Wachtel, when he first approached me to write articles for his “Building a New Reality” website, said I would bring a curmudgeonly perspective to BANR. When I think “curmudgeon,” I think Ambrose Bierce, H. L. Mencken and Andy Rooney, so I guess that puts me in pretty good company. […]
Ted Wachtel responds to David Heekin’s concerns about sortition in his “Pie In The Sky” blog post.